"This picture above reminds me
that I tried to buy the flat two floors up from Bannerman's Bar,
more than 20 years ago. It was a beautiful place, with raised bed
platform and 4-poster in the master bedroom. My friend,
who had been brought up in Karachi, said that the stair reminded
her of a slum out there!
I couldn't buy it because the
surveyors said that there had been serious settlement not so many
years before in Bannerman's (specifically, in the vaults under
South Bridge, as I recall), and I couldn't get a mortgage. The
then owner (student, English) said that Daddy had paid cash."
New Town, Edinburgh: September 25, 2007